What’s Cooking ?

What’s Cooking?
Korean Beef and Creamed corn.
It was the last of the corn in season and it’s a starch, right? So we take the last seven ears from the local farm and boil the corn, then we cut the corn off the cob. Did you know a bundt pan works perfectly to situate the corn in the center and cut the kernels off? Me either, but this technique has been adopted and keeps things from becoming so messy. The top of the knife is used to scrape the cob to release the milk in the corn cob. Taking about half of the corn, puree it with half and half in a food processor then combine with all the corn. Salt and pepper to taste, then add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne. Keep warm over medium heat, reduce to low when thoroughly warmed. “Yum” was what the guest uttered, followed by “with a kick”. As for the Korean beef, we started with 97% fat free beef and brown throughout, add three cloves of smashed garlic and saute, then drain or you can drain beef then add and cook garlic roughly three minutes. Making sauce separately we combine, brown sugar, orange juice, and soy sauce ( I always use less soy sauce- 1/8 to 1/4 cup depending on preference to 1/2 cup of other ingredients.) Always add a small amount of toasted sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon, to sauce. Add sauce to beef, top with green onions. The beef is great in a shepherd’s pie if there is any left over.
Brocolli Chicken Rice Casserole
Recently with the COVID thing floating around, we have gone to individual servings of casserole dishes. For this one we used small iron skillets. See photo. Our preference for cooked chicken is to shred using two forks. Two cups of chicken, one cup of cooked rice, two cups small cut and cooked brocolli florets. Combine all ingredients with 2 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup sour cream and same quantity for milk, (we use half and half). Season with herbs de provence, garlic powder if you like, and one cup cheddar, can use additional 1/2 cup cheese if you like it . Heat ovenore cheesy to 350 degrees. In greased skillets cook in oven for thirty minutes. Options for topping: Cheese or/and melted butter with ritz crackers. Add topping to casserole in last ten minutes of cooking.

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